Top 10 Things and more that you should know about Canada

On Canada Day The Dominion Institute released the results of a national survey of what Canadians felt were the 101 people, places, symbols, events and accomplishments that most define Canada. On October the Dominion Institute and Key Po

Orphan Children Bound for Canada  In one of the most Draconian movements in the history of emigration, Britain's "surplus children," including orphans were sent to Canada as farm labour. (courtesy Library and Archives Canada/PA-41785).

unit 11 orphan children bound for Canada In one of the most Draconian movements in the history of emigration, Britain's "surplus children," including orphans were sent to Canada as farm labour. (courtesy Library and Archives

August 1896:  Klondike Gold Rush Begins    116 years ago this week, the Klondike Gold Rush began after gold was discovered in northwest Canada.  Approximately 30,000 of the “stampede” of 100,000 people arrived at the Klondike region and only 4,000 actually found gold.

August Klondike Gold Rush Begins.The Klondike Gold Rush began after gold was discovered in northwest Canada. Approximately of the “stampede” of people arrived at the Klondike region and only actually found gold.

In Canada, there were ten internment Camps in total. They consisted of three road camps, two prisoner of war camps(POW), and five self supporting camps scattered throughout the country during the second World War. Prior to World War II, 22,096 Japanese Canadians lived in British Colombia; three quarters of them were naturalized or native born Canadians.

Governmental Notice to Japanese Canadians. What happened to Japanese-Americans in the US also happened in Canada to Japanese-Canadians largely due to public pressure.

The Chinese indeed helped to link Canada from coast to coast, leaving tracks built on hard work, determination and perseverance, for later generations to follow. The last spike of the CPR was driven in November 1885, though none of the Chinese workers were invited to attend this historic ceremony. Instead, most of the Chinese workers were simply let go. Some went back to China while others found work in industries such as forestry, saw mills, fishing canneries, coal mines and domestic…

Chinese railway workers in the Century laying track: Chinese Workers, Immigration Railway

The history of Chinese Canadians began with hard work, commitment and perseverance of the early settlers most of whom originated from Guangdong and Fujian, two coastal provinces of China. The majority of the early settlers were uneducated, unskilled and unmarried men (farmers and laborers). Women did not emigrate at first mostly due to historical tradition and social norms that expected women to be the caretakers of family and ancestral roots.  Although Canada was a prosperous country, the…

The history of Chinese Canadians began with hard work, commitment and perseverance of the early settlers most of whom originated from Guangdong and Fujian, two coastal provinces of China. The majority of the early settlers were uneducated, unskilled and unmarried men (farmers and laborers). Women did not emigrate at first mostly due to historical tradition and social norms that expected women to be the caretakers of family and ancestral roots. Although Canada was a prosperous country, the…

Thomas Mapp and family, a group of Black settlers from Amber Valley, Alberta (courtesy Glenbow Archives/NA-316.1).  On August 12, 1911 the Laurier government drafted and approved a remarkable document. The proposed Order in Council read: For a period of one year from and after the date hereof the landing in Canada shall be [sic] and the same is prohibited of any immigrants belonging to the Negro race, which race is deemed unsuitable to the climate and requirements of Canada.

Thomas Mapp and family, a group of Black settlers from Amber Valley, Alberta (courtesy Glenbow

In Russia, the Doukhobors had been exiled or sent to prison because they refused to fight for the Czar. They believed it was wrong to kill. The Canadian gov't offered the Doukhobors free land to farm in the Saskatchewan district. They were promised the right to their own religion, and a guarantee that they would not have to serve in the Canadian military.

First shipload of Doukhobors arrive in Canada - RBCM Archives

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